August 17, 2005
Contact: Edmond McDavis III
MUW female residence halls reach full occupancy
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Female residence halls on the campus
of Mississippi University for Women are filled to
capacity to begin the fall academic year.
Community Living Director Chris Holland said, “I am
extremely pleased to know that we filled every room on
campus. I think the air of excitement is such that
living on campus can be "cool" and folks want to see
what it's all about. However, it's crucial that we keep
this momentum going and not let them down. Good customer
service, creating more resources and quality programming
is going to be the key.”
Holland gives credit to the “around the clock effort” of
“This staff is incredible. They are very helpful,
positive people who care about students. They tirelessly
work around the clock to make sure deadlines are met and
to ensure that the goals we have set will happen.”
Retention of this level of female residency is now very
important to Holland, along with achieving the same full
occupancy in the two male residence halls on campus.
“We will just do what we keep on doing--that is build
and promote and take care of what we have. It's a simple
philosophy really. Build on the ideas that will make the
halls attractive; promote those ideas so students know
about them and ultimately take care to cover the bases
with what you have.
“What we need to do is show the guys that commute that
living on campus is affordable and relevant to their
success. Studies show that students who live on campus
fare much better academically then those that don't.
That's just a fact. What is also telling about these
studies though, and something that many people don't pay
attention to, is that people who live on campus tend to
do better socially and are retained longer than their
counterparts who live off.”
Holland is determined to fill the two male residence
“We will get there. I guarantee it,” he said.